Can He Be Like Mike? LJ The Next MJ?

Alex LapeniaCorrespondent IApril 24, 2009

There's no doubt in my mind or in anyone's who knows anything about basketball that, LeBron James is a gifted basketball player.

Actually, he's a darn good one.  He might be the best right now.  He also wears the number '23' on his back in honor of his favorite player, who happens to be the greatest player of all time.

Michael Jordan.

Now no one is saying that LeBron wants to be like Mike, but the comparisons he is getting is must be flattering.

James was the youngest player to win an all-star game MVP award, as well the youngest to win the Rookie of the Year award, and he is the quickest player to reach 6,000 points, something Jordan obviously hasn't been able to accomplish.

But Mike finished his career, with six championship rings, six Finals MVP awards, and 10 NBA scoring titles.  He was also named to 10 NBA All-First teams, and nine NBA All-Defensive teams.  Oh, and did I mention?  He's the only player in NBA history to average 30 points a game in a career AND he's a five time MVP of the league.

I believe that LeBron James is capable of chasing Jordan.  But to match those numbers and awards may be a little tough.

Jordan played in an era with some great defenders and scorers (Bird, Starks, Ewing, Robinson, Magic, Malone, etc.) I think a lot tougher than now, a lot of guys now-a-days are just trying to score and give up on plays on defense.

The sky is limitless for LeBron.  He's the face of a new generation of basketball players.  Who knows, maybe some day people will say, "He's the next LeBron."  Only time will tell.